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COLOUR: Green-blue

APPEARANCE: Clear to opaque crystal Often small and tumbled

ATTRIBUTES: Aquamarine is a stone of courage. It has calming energies that help reduce stress and to quiet the mind. In ancient times it was believed to counteract forces of darkness and favour spirits of light. It is also often carried by sailors as a talisment against drowning. Psychologically, aquamarine had an affinity with sensitive people and people overwhelmed with responsibility, it also has the power to invoke tolerance of others by helping people to overcome judgemental. Spiritually, Aquamarine sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Aqua marine shields the aura and aligns the chakras.

HEALING: It is useful for sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. The stone has a general tonic effect as it strengths the body’s cleansing organs. It is useful for counteracting short- or- long sightedness and calms overreactions of the immune system and autoimmune diseases such as hayfever

POSITION: Hold or place as appropriate. Can be placed on the eyes or used as an elixir

Herbal Book List

I was recently asked  about what are some good books and other places for a beginner to start to learn about herbs, herbal medicine and wild foods.  This is my short list. Some of the books I have read and some are on my own “to read” list.  All of them are supposed to be very good.  

Some good Beginner books on herbs for health are:

-Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide

-Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

Some more advanced books on herbs for health are:

-The Male Herbal by James Green

-The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green

-Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth by Sharol Marie Tilgner

- Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Baïracli Levy

- Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann

-Healing Wise by Susun Weed

-The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism: Basic Doctrine, Energetics, and Classification by Matthew Wood

-The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood

-Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra

-Way of Ayurvedic Herbs by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and Michael Tierra

-Making Plant Medicine by Richo Chech

Books on Wild Foods

- Wild Foods Field Guide and Cookbook by Billy Joe Tatum

-The Wild Food Cookbook by Roger Phillips (I don’t like this one as much as I like the book by Billy Joe Tatum but it does have some good info)

Books on growing herbs for food and medicine

- How to Move Like a Gardener by Deb Soule

-The organic Medicinal Herb Farmer by Jeff Carpenter with Melanie Carpenter

-Growing 101 Herbs that Heal by Tammi Hartung

-Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel Herbal field guide to plant families of North America


-The Essential Herbal magazine

- Eat the Weeds web site


of Herbal Medicine

-Local plant walks or herb schools

Herbs A-Z for healing

Acacia- astringent, emollient

Agrimony- astringent, for heavy menstruation, to stop bleeding, cuts, wounds

Alfalfa- good for any treatment, nourish the body

Allspice- good for digestion, analgesic, antioxidant

Aloe- for cuts, wounds

Angelica- for colds, congestion, fevers, lungs

Anise- congestion, relieve gas, indigestion

Basil- stimulates appetite, uplifts mood,

Calendula- treatment for cuts, bruises

Camphor- stimulates circulation, muscles, limbs

Catnip- antioxidants, good for cats, high on C and E vitamins

Chamomile- anti-stress, anti-anxiety, calming

Cinnamon- for weak digestion, low appetite, stomach upset, antibacterial

Clove- antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic,

Dandelion- good for the liver, digestion, flush toxins from the body

Dill- ease gas pain, settles the stomach

Eucalyptus- for colds, antibacterial, antiviral, relieve muscles and arthritis pain

Fennel- for coughs, weight loss, helps with menopause period

Garlic- for high blood pressure, antifungal, skin problems

Ginger- for throat pain, analgesic, antioxidant, digestive, stimulant

 Green tea- for weight loss, helps with cancer

Lavender- heal burns, relieve pain, sleep, antibacterial

 Lemon balm- calming, helps with sleep, headaches, mild depression

Lemongrass- menstrual troubles, soothing, sleep

Marigold- minor wounds, cuts, bruises

Mint- stomachache, relieves gas, analgesic,

Mistletoe- helps in cancer therapy

Mugwort- analgesic, helps with menstrual problems, sleep

Myrrh- antifungal, antiseptical, astringents

Nutmeg- nervous system, analgesic, astringent, digestive, stimulant

Rhodiola rosea- anti-depressive, aphrodisiac, stimulant

Rosemary- mental fatigue, increase concentration, antioxidant, insect repellent

Sage- analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant

Sandalwood- aphrodisiac, antifungal, antiviral, diuretic, sedative

St. john’s wort- anti-depressive, antioxidant

Thyme- analgesic, antibacterial, digestive, expectorant, insect repellent

Valerian- antiseptic, sedative

Vanilla- anticancer, aromatic

Vervain- pain reliever, tranquilizer, expectorant, astringent

Yarrow- anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, depurative, digestive, insect repellent

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